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Friauler Spiess

16th century
Steel, wood (ash), textile, brass
L. 9 ft. 7 1/8 in. (292.4 cm); L. of head 37 1/2 in. (95.2 cm); W. 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm); Wt. 5 lbs. 8 oz. (2494.8 g)
Shafted Weapons
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
Not on view
William H. Riggs, Paris (until 1913; his gift to MMA).
Galerie Hugo Helbing, Frankfurt. Antiquitäten und kunstgegenstände des XII bis XIX jahrhunderts. Lucerne: Galerie Hugo Helbing, Frankfurt, June 26- July 3, 1910. p. 116, no. 1853, ill. pl. 116 (illustrated similar example, called Spetum).

Boccia, Lionello G., and Eduardo T. Coelho. Armi Bianche Italiane. Milan: Bramante Editrice, 1975. no. 138 (similar example, one of the 48 preserved in the Venitian armory, attributed to the Friuli region of northern Italy c. 1480).

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